The nearly 60 second earthquake that shook Nepal yesterday is being reported to be one of the worst to have hit the country in the last 80 years. BBC is reporting that more than 1,800 people are confirmed dead, and rescue operations have intensified. International aid has begun to pour in, and India has sent planes with relief aid and are also bringing back people to safety. India even launched Operation Maitri for this purpose. Even the Internet and social media have pushed out tools to make it easier for people to connect. Google has activated the People Finder, and Facebook has introduced its new feature called Safety Check in Nepal. Also Read - Google Play Store announces blanket ban on Sugar Daddy apps over sexual contentAlso Read - Happy Friendship Day 2021: How to send Friendship Day wishes Stickers on WhatsApp
Google is again doing its bit by launching the People Finder web-app, which will help people find their missing friends or relatives. This web application is similar to what was launched during the Boston Marathon Bombing in April and the Uttarakhand Floods in June. The tool is very easy to use, with only two buttons on the homepage one to find a missing person and the other to share information on some person. If you need to search for someone, you click on the green box and any information relating to that person will show up on the results. If you need to share some information, you click on the blue box and you type in the name of the person and the information that you may on them. All the information shared through this tool is available to the public and shared with press agencies, NGOs and others to help keep the database up-to-date. Also Read - Facebook is finally bringing 'smart glasses' in collaboration with Ray-Ban
Facebook introduced the Safety Check feature just last year in October, and is being put to action for the Nepal disaster. If Facebook finds that you are in the disaster struck area, it will send you a notification asking if you re safe. The site will determine your location by looking at the city you have listed in your profile, your last location through Nearby Friends or the city where you are using the Internet. Once you let Facebook know that you are safe, it will automatically generate an update in your News Feed story to let your friends know that you are safe. If you don t happen to have a smartphone on you, your friends can also mark you as safe. The feature is a simple and easy way to say you re safe and check on others in Nepal.